All Time Greatest Car Movies

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1. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Victoria Medlin

Votes: 23,313

The Quintessential Car chase movie, for me this is the pinacle that all other chase movies are judged by. A must for Mopar fans.

2. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 5,230

A closer runner-up, apparently Fonda wasnt too proud of this offering but I think it was Brilliant. Another one thats heavy on the mopars.

3. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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67 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 166,129 | Gross: $8.75M

I think I watched this movie over 100 times, a true classic. The ultimate revenge on wheels flick.

4. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.3
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A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

Votes: 9,356

Great outlaw drag racer tale, James Taylor fans will enjoy it too.

5. Bullitt (1968)

M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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83 Metascore

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

Votes: 51,070 | Gross: $42.30M

The most popular of Car Chases, but the rest of the movie drags a lil.

6. The Seven-Ups (1973)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.

Director: Philip D'Antoni | Stars: Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon

Votes: 3,659

Pretty good movie with a superior chase scene, Pontiac vs Oldsmobile.

7. The Driver (1978)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley

Votes: 11,041 | Gross: $4.91M

The title say it all, lots of fancy wheel work. GM vehicles

8. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer

Votes: 23,695 | Gross: $17.31M

Great movie with a real hair raising getaway.

9. Fear Is the Key (1972)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Barry Newman, Suzy Kendall, John Vernon, Dolph Sweet

Votes: 1,044

Fairly obscure movie with Barry Newman (Vanishing Point). Really good & long chase with Newmans 429 Torino against lots of cop cars.

10. Aloha, Bobby and Rose (1975)

PG | 88 min | Drama

6.1
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Bobby and Rose, two youngsters who are in love, have to run away from home when they are falsely accused to have committed a robbery and an assassination.

Director: Floyd Mutrux | Stars: Paul Le Mat, Dianne Hull, Tim McIntire, Leigh French

Votes: 350 | Gross: $35.00M

Paul le Mat (Milner, American Grafitti) burns lots of rubber in a '68 Camaro

11. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 69,511 | Gross: $115.00M

Killer Classic, non stop sweet rides, and some great drag racing. Loaded with Stars

12. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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58 Metascore

Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

Directors: Rob Cohen, Mel City | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 300,385 | Gross: $144.53M

Lots of tuner street racing, Awesome blown '70 Charger

13. The Car (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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A mysterious black, sleek automobile terrorizes everyone it comes into contact with in a small town in Utah. The local sheriff may be the only person who can stop this menace which has been possessed by pure evil.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 7,146

14. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 35,683 | Gross: $126.74M

15. Hooper (1978)

PG | 99 min | Action, Comedy

6.2
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Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field, Brian Keith

Votes: 4,773 | Gross: $78.00M

16. The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG | 105 min | Comedy

6.3
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A disparate group of drivers take part in a secret and illegal cross country road race.

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Tim McIntire, Raul Julia, Norman Burton

Votes: 2,860

17. Moonshine County Express (1977)

PG | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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When a hillbilly moonshiner is murdered by a powerful sleazy competitor, his three armed to the teeth daughters take over the family business and swear vengeance.

Director: Gus Trikonis | Stars: John Saxon, Susan Howard, William Conrad, Morgan Woodward

Votes: 100

18. Goldenrod (1976)

99 min | Drama

6.4
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A champion rodeo rider receives crippling injuries in the ring, resulting in the ending of his career. When his wife deserts him, he's left with the responsibility of raising two young sons... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Gloria Carlin, Patricia Hamilton, Tony Lo Bianco, Will MacMillan

Votes: 18

19. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

6.3
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An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 2,908

20. Eat My Dust (1976)

PG | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

5.4
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Darlene's into going fast, Hoover's into Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the reckless fun accelerates into a trunk-full of hot pursuits.

Director: Charles B. Griffith | Stars: Ron Howard, Christopher Norris, Brad David, Kathy O'Dare

Votes: 581

21. Thunder Road (1958)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison.

Director: Arthur Ripley | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon, Keely Smith

Votes: 2,590

22. Death Race 2000 (1975)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov

Votes: 21,478 | Gross: $8.00M

23. Death Proof (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller

7.1
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Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito

Votes: 228,591

24. Convoy (1978)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

6.3
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Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young

Votes: 12,534 | Gross: $45.00M